Ready for fitness to happen on your terms? It turns out you can get sweaty, strong, and centered all from the comfort of your home with just a small amount of space and a minimal amount of equipment and gear. We asked our favorite coaches for their recommendations on creating the perfect home fitness studio so you get the most out of your audio workouts.
So let’s get to it. Grab your mat, pick a space at home, put on your workout gear, and get ready for an awesome workout with a coach in your ear.
Find the right space
You don’t have to spend a lot of money or have a huge space to create the perfect fitness sanctuary. Try and find a spot that is just a touch longer than a yoga mat fits and a little wider than your arm span. Hardwood floors are ideal and an empty piece of wall can be handy as well since a wall is a great prop. And if you’re planning to meditate or do yoga, we recommend finding a place where you have some peace and quiet.
Tip for setting the mood: Try lighting candles or using incense to create an inspiring, soulful environment. And when doing an audio workout, you’ll feel like you have a coach sitting right beside you. Trust us, it’s magical.
What equipment do I need?
Looking to break a sweat? High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is all the rage right now for a very good reason. It’s one of the most efficient workouts that you can do to achieve lasting results. What a great reason to set up a home gym! If you have a indoor cycle, trainer or treadmill, try out a spinning or interval tread class.
Here’s what you need
Yoga Mat – our coaches love the Manduka Prolite and the Jade Yoga Harmony. Manduka mat’s are grippy, lightweight and made from recycled materials. Jade is great for a home practice as they are a bit heavier and won’t slide around easily.
Trainers and Indoor Cycles – if you have a road bike and want to stay fit during the winter months or get a quick workout in from your living room, a Kickr Trainer is a great way to go given how well it replicates the experience you feel on your favorite outdoor rides. For indoor cycles, our coaches’ top choice is the ICG’s IC7 with all its features and the ability to calculate your workout with colors. The Keiser M3i is the runner up. Very low maintenance and great if you have less space in your home. Note: if you have a gym in your apartment building or near your house, hop on a bike there and start pedaling with a great coach in your ear.
Treadmill – pop down to your local gym or invest in your own. We hear the NordicTrack C 1650 is a good choice for a home gym. At a not too expensive price, it is designed with many advanced features of an elite treadmill. Take a look at this ranking of the best new treadmills by Runner’s World to find one that fits your needs and budget.
Thanks to the weight of our own bodies, not all strength training requires equipment. Simple bodyweight exercises can be a great choice if you’re looking to gain strength and flexibility. Or stream a coach who will guide you through some great strength workouts that you can do just about anywhere and without investing in any equipment.
Want to add an extra challenge? Add some weights to these audio strength workouts.
Dumbbells – our coaches swear by these. They recommend Rogue Dumbbells if you’re looking for high quality and a comfortable grip. Or consider York Dumbbells with their narrow handles, perfect for women to move around comfortably.
Kettlebells – our coaches recommend Rogue Kettlebells for their high quality, excellent feel and great look. The amount of texturing is light enough that they are comfortable and cause no issues even with sensitive skin. If you prefer a smooth, matte finish opt for the Perform Better Kettlebells. The rubber plate on the bottom is great for protecting floors. And lastly, RKC Kettlebells, these are the originals. Well balanced and securely made.
All you need to meditate is a place to sit, stand, or walk. That, and a coach to guide you to your deepest self. To set yourself up with a fancier space, try a yoga mat, a soft blanket folded on the floor, or a meditation cushion. Make yourself a comfortable spot and dim the lights and/or light some candles to set the mood.
Looking for the perfect mat or meditation cushion?
Yoga Mat – in addition to the Manduka Prolite and Jade Yoga Harmony, our coaches love Lululemon’s The Reversible 5mm. It is dual textured making it firm and supportive which is ideal for any style of yoga. Want more options? Check out this 2016 ranking of yoga mats.
Meditation cushion – you don’t need a cushion to mediate. Take a mindful break at home, on the bus to work or outside in nature, though we do recommend finding a good ergonomic position. If you are planning on creating your personal sanctuary at home we recommend finding a cushion that is the perfect fit for you.